Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
By Brandon Mull
Lexile = 740
I am going to break one of my personal rules here and post a book before I have finished it. Here’s why: Too many of you are dying to get this into your hands! So, I am on page 132 of this 454 page tale. This is the story so far (and I can already highly recommend it!):
Jason is a normal kid with a normal life. He works at a zoo. One day, he notices that there is strange music coming from the hippo pond. As he leans closer and closer to figure it out, he falls into the pool, into the hippo’s mouth and into another world. Yeah, weird.
This world, Lyrian, is ruled by an evil emperor. At first, Jason doesn’t really care; he just wants to return home. But when he peeks into a book of forbidden knowledge, he is involved whether he wants to be or not! Ok, this book is covered with human skin and written in blood. That is an image that is sticking with me!
Jason is not alone in his quest. Lyrain is looking for a hero, and I’m just betting that Jason (and his comrade) will be forced into heroism. Early in this quest, Jason is counseled by a wise helper:
So many misconceptions surround the notion of heroism. Far too many categorize a hero as a champion on the battlefield, a commander of legions, a master of rare talent or ability. Granted there have been heroes who fit those descriptions. But many men of great evil as well. Heed me. A hero sacrifices for the greater good. A hero is true to his or her conscience. In short, heroism means doing the right thing regardless of the consequences. Although any person could fit that description, very few do. Choose this day to be one of them.
Surprising how my longest review is for a book I haven’t even finished! Hurry and read this so I can have it back!